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Field Trips
Mon, Wed, Thu & Fri 10am–noon
In the galleries, students discover the importance of storytelling in animation by engaging in interactive activities focused on the concepts of character, setting, and plot. In the Learning Center, they will illustrate and animate a story using a zoetrope, a device that produces the illusion of
Workshops
Sun, Jul 14 | 10:30am–12:30pm

View one of these exquisite dolls in Gallery 6 and join us in this workshop to make your own traditional Guatemalan-inspired doll. Learn about historical Mayan clothing and the legend of the worry doll as you craft your own textile companion.

Walt Disney with dinosaurs, “Disneyland Goes to the World Fair” (1964)
Posted on Mon, 05/20/2019 - 10:31
On November 30, 1955, Walt Disney’s Disneyland television program aired “The Story of the Animated Drawing,” an hour-length exploration of the medium that had made Walt famous. The show presented a documentary of the history of animation—from its ancient origins to its more modern innovations. During the 1910s and 20s, one of the medium’s dominant artists was renowned cartoonist Winsor McCay.
Workshops
Sun, Aug 18 | 10:30am–12:30pm

Artist Mary Blair brought an innovative modernist style and unique sense of color design to The Walt Disney Studios. Distinctive features such as contrasting colors and bold shapes quickly became notable and iconic features of her concept art for beloved animated films, including Cinderella (1950), 

Map of Disney family ancestry
Posted on Mon, 05/20/2019 - 09:28
The roots of the Disney family tree begin in earnest in Normandy, France, and make stops in Ireland and Canada before Walt's father, Elias, is born.

Our Board of Directors includes two generations of Walt Disney’s family and exceptional leaders from our community.

May 16, 2019–Jan 6, 2020
Members Preview Night: Wed, May 15 | 6–8:45pm
Celebrate animation’s most beloved and recognizable character with this original exhibition. Explore Mickey’s influence on art and entertainment over the past nine decades and the story of his origin, rise to fame, and enduring world-wide appeal.
Classes
Mon–Fri | Jul 22–Aug 2
9am–4pm

Tickets sold out. Join us for a two-week intensive exploration of cinematography as well as an exclusive look into the field as it exists today with guest animators from the film industry. Students will focus on what it means to be a director of photography, and how visuals can reinforce the

Classes
Mon–Fri | Jul 22–Aug 2 | 9am–4pm

Join us as we explore animation techniques while simultaneously learning about race, ethnicity, and cultures from around the world and how to represent diversity and diverse stories within your work. In this two-week class, you will study diverse stories, learn more about the writing tropes that

Classes
Mon–Fri | Jul 8–19 | 9am–4pm

This incredible two-week journey will take a look at what it means to be a woman in animation and helps students design their own female lead characters while teaching them about narrative structure and fairy tales as well as the writing tropes and stereotypes that still exist in animated films.

Classes
Mon–Fri | Jul 8–19 | 9am–4pm

Tickets sold out. Join us for this two-week, intensive class that focuses on digital 2D animation. Learn how to take a character and bring them to life using classical, hand-drawn animation techniques. 

Classes
Mon–Fri | Jun 24–Jul 6 | 9am–4pm
No Class: Jul 4; Make-up Class: Jul 6

Tickets sold out. Join us for this two-week journey into the world of comics as we explore this unique form of visual storytelling. Learn what it takes to plan out your script, utilize elements of acting and pantomime, as well as how each panel and page works to guide your reader through your

Classes
Mon–Fri | June 10–21
9am–4pm

Tickets sold out. In this two-week class, be prepared to reimagine your ideas and designs as you learn about what it takes to become an animator—and use your new skills to create an original animated short film. 

Classes
Mon–Fri | June 10–21
9am–4pm

Tickets sold out. In the 1930s, the Walt Disney Studios used a then-innovative animation method: artists drew on celluloid sheets, or “cels,” with ink, and then placed these cels over painted backgrounds. After you create a hand-drawn piece of animation, you will then learn how to transfer it onto a

Classes
Every Sun, Sep 8–Oct 27 | 1–4pm

In this eight-week class, learn how to visually represent words and the meaning behind them as you create an animated adaptation of a different type of written work: a poem. Experiment with animation—following the process from storyboard to short film—as you discover unique ways to visually

Classes
Every Sun, Sep 8–Oct 27 | 1–4pm

Learn traditional animation techniques that Walt and his team relied upon daily with pencil and paper, and transition them into the digital world. Students learn skills and software using Toon Boom to create hand-drawn animation on a computer. This eight-week class will focus on introductory-level

Classes
Every Sun, Sep 8–Oct 27 | 10am–noon

Join us in this eight-week class in which we explore character design and what it means to represent oneself inside and out. Using shape language, silhouette, and historical reference, you will experiment with drawing costumes to suit a variety of characters, emphasizing their purpose and personas.

Classes
Every Sat, Sep 7–Oct 26 | 1:30–4:30pm

Learn traditional animation techniques that Walt and his team relied upon daily with pencil and paper, and transition them into the digital world. Students learn skills and software using Toon Boom to create hand-drawn animation on a computer. This eight-week class will focus on introductory-level

Classes
Every Wed, Aug 28–Oct 16 | 4–6pm

Successful animators have a comprehensive understanding of the basic animation techniques and principles. This eight-week course goes in depth on a different concept each class, working traditionally with pencil and paper. Through this course, budding animators will develop a strong foundation,